Report: AMIT KUMAR FAN CLUB RELEASES 2010 CALENDAR
Did you know that Kolkata has an Amit Kumar Fan Club that is very active all the time? To celebrate the beginning of the New Year, the club hosted an Adda Session – Addaye RD, conducted by one of the late composer’s favourite voices, Amit Kumar who celebrates 40 years of his work in the industry. Amit Kumar with his infectiously humorous and cheerful disposition he has inherited from his father the late Kishore Kumar, informed the gathering that he has lent voice to 160 compositions of the great Rahul Dev Burman whose 17th death anniversary fell the following day that is on January 4. The Amit Kumar Fan Club celebrated the event by releasing a desk calendar with Amit Kumar photographed in varied moods on each of the 12 pages of the 12 months. The event was graced with the presence of Amit Kumar’s mother Ruma Guha Thakurta, a famous singer and founder of the Calcutta Youth Choir, and filmmaker Sandip Ray who happens to be an uncle of Amit Kumar. Ray was felicitated for making Zindagi Ek Safar, a documentary on Kishore Kumar brought on DVD by Moser Baer that was released the same evening.
“I saw Teesri Manzil 16 times just to listen to the sound track. It was magical,” said Amit Kumar. “I first became his fan when I heard his compositions for Chhote Nawab and was fascinated by the way he played around with new sounds, the novel innovations in incorporating new musical instruments and coming up every time, with music that was far ahead of his time.” Amit Kumar regaled the audience with nostalgic tid-bits of his encounters with Pancham (R.D. Burman.) and other actors, singers and musicians of his time.
His first song for an R.D. composition was bade acchhe lagte hai for Balika Bodhu. “One day, in the early 70s, I went to meet Panchamda at his place with my father. He asked me to sing a song. I sang the Jhumroo number in front of all those who were present – Basu-da and others. The next thing I know is that he called me and asked me to sing the Balika Bodhu song for him. It was a big hit,” detailed Amit Kumar. When Ruma Guha Thakurta was asked to say a few words, she almost broke into tears and in a voice choked with emotion, she said, “he is my son. Which mother will not be proud if he has a Fan Club in Kolkata and which decides to bring out an entire calendar on him?” Last year, Amit Kumar Fan Club brought out a calendar on Kishore Kumar. This year, it is his son’s turn. “I am overjoyed,” said a smiling Amit Kumar.
The adda was moderated by radio presenter Siddhartha Dasgupta and Sandip Ray was requested to launch the calendar.
Shoma A. Chatterji